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Featured Yoga Posture June 2014: Plow Pose (Halasana)

 
Plow Pose (Halasana)
(hah-LAHS-anna)
hala = plow

Step by Step
1-From Shoulder Stand, exhale and bend from the hip joints to slowly lower your toes to the floor above and beyond your head. As much as possible, keep your torso perpendicular to the floor and your legs fully extended.

2- With your toes on the floor, lift your thighs and tailbone toward the ceiling and extend your legs. Continue to draw your chin away from your sternum and soften your throat.

3- Continue to press your hands against the back torso, pushing the back up toward the ceiling as you press the backs of the upper arms down, onto the floor.

4- Release your hands away from your back and stretch the arms out behind you on the floor. Clasp the hands and press the arms actively down on the support as you lift the thighs toward the ceiling.

Halasana is usually performed after Shoulder Stand for anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes. To exit the pose bring your hands onto your back again, lift back into Sarvangasana with an exhalation, then roll down onto your back, or simply roll out of the pose on an exhalation.

Benefits
• Calms the brain
• Stimulates the abdominal organs and thyroid gland
• Stretches the shoulders and spine
• Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
• Reduces stress and fatigue
• Therapeutic for backache, headache, infertility, insomnia, sinusitis

Cautions
• Diarrhea
• Menstruation
• Neck injury
• Asthma & high blood pressure
• Pregnancy

Excerpted from: http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/479

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